Author Archives: Michael Johnston

Better than Anything Mendelssohn Wrote for the Organ

“Thank you for this. As it so happens, I have played the Eddy work [Prelude and Fugue in A Minor] in recital for more than a decade now. It’s an exceptional piece, as I’ve told my students, better than anything … Continue reading

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Learning All the Movements for Worship Services

“I purchased Advent by Pietro Yon from Michael a couple of weeks ago, and I’m having a great time learning all the movements for worship services this month. It’s so much fun! I’m doing the “Creator of the Stars of … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon

With a Pipe Organ, the Hollywood Theatre Goes Old-School The Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, “has been the concern of the Columbia River Theatre Organ Society, a volunteer organization formed in 1994 to preserve organs like the one at the … Continue reading

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Every Part of It Is Useful

“Hi, Michael and John! Just wanted you to know that the Yon Advent Suite I ordered is one of the most delightful musical pieces I have ever had. I have enjoyed it so much. It is wonderful to play, and … Continue reading

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Some Orchids, an Andante, some Shadows, and a Prelude and Fugue

Greetings, everyone. For December, on the assumption that you will not have much time to learn challenging music, I have chosen pieces that lie in the simpler spectrum. Even the Prelude and Fugue is graded Moderate to Moderately Difficult. Some … Continue reading

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Wanting Sunshine Toccata for Quite Awhile

Yes, please include me in your list.  Actually my husband is the one who is the organist, but I’m the one who uses the computer.  He has been wanting Sunshine Toccata for quite awhile.  He chose the other pieces also … Continue reading

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New Recording of Mueller’s In Bethlehem’s Town

New Recording of Mueller’s In Bethlehem’s Town I am pleased to present my first organ recording of this beautiful little gem. Steve Schlesing performed this on the Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organ using the Reuter Opus 227 (Portland, Oregon) sample set. … Continue reading

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In Memoriam of The Great War — World War I

In Memoriam of The Great War — World War I Because of recent news widely circulated in the USA regarding Americans who died in The Great War and who are buried in a French cemetery, I asked John Apple to … Continue reading

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Col Robert Barmettler 2012 Death Notice and Obituary

Col Robert Barmettler Died in 2012 I dealt with Col Barmettler after the death of his wife, Jeanne Shaffer, to publish her organ piece, Partita on Schmücke dich. He asked for no royalties and hoped only that I would publish … Continue reading

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Yon’s Advent Music for This December

“Thanks for all of the work you do! I’m looking forward to incorporating some of Yon’s Advent music into my line-up this December. Keep up the good work!” —North Carolina, USA

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